Star Trek is notorious for portraying time loops, and other time anomalies that allow its characters to relive certain moments again and again. Star Trek characters acting in Episode 7 even travel through time loops by bending the rules of time as we most commonly understand them. Is there also evidence of this phenomenon in real life?
In one scene, the crew is caught in a 30-minute time loop that plays over and over again. This phenomenon isn’t just for our TV viewing pleasure, however. Scientists have also documented time loops, and some even suggest they are responsible for black holes.
For example, researchers recently applied a theory called loop quantum gravity to try to explain black holes, because they’ve found that inside these objects, space and time may be extremely curved, and that gravity there is not infinite, as general relativity predicts.
If physicists are right about their black hole theory, it would mean that someone or thing could conceivably enter a black hole and come out on the other side in the same place in time and space. Other theories suggest that black holes act as wormholes, making it possible for us to travel to distant places in our Universe in what would seem like just a few seconds.
Still other researchers suggest that black holes are indeed portals to other Universes.
NASA suggests that black holes are objects where gravity is so strong, not even light can come out of a black hole, but there may be other strange behaviors affecting matter once they enter a space-time anomaly, where gravity doesn’t behave as we would expect it to.
NASA also has found a “secret” black hole (VLA J213002.08+120904) which was found only a year ago. This black hole is very close to our own galaxy, and there are estimates that there could be billions of these – all leading to who knows where?
The black hole just found in close proximity – only 7,200 light years away – is already displaying strange behavior. It supposedly wasn’t found previously because it lacked the “telltale signs” that binary black holes normally give off. Scientists are still puzzled over its true nature.
Moreover, scientists state that there are magnetic portals which connect the earth to the sun – which means there could be further time anomalies created by traversing them. The sun is 93 million miles away from the earth, but a portal would make this a short trip, if we had (have) the technology to traverse them.
High energy particles are already traversing these portals, which open and close approximately every 8 minutes, and can be detected via a Flux Transfer – the term given by scientists who study plasma behavior in space.
Finally, in February of this year, NASA sent four space craft to test portals they found in space. Called X-points, or electron diffusion regions, NASA’s Polar spacecraft revealed that portals were opening and closing around earth’s atmosphere all the time. These would allow, even by NASA’s admission, for people to travel incomprehensible distance sin the blink of an eye.
NASA has had data on these points since at least the 1980s, so you can imagine how much research has actually been done with them within the black budgets of the military industrial complex.
Scientists Prove What Causes Aurora Borealis for the First Time
Since the dawn of time, humans have been mystified by what causes the aurora borealis or northern lights. However, a group of scientists have finally uncovered what causes the dazzling lightshow that has captivated people for so long.
Researchers at the University of Iowa have proven that the shimmering auroras are the result of powerful electromagnetic waves during geomagnetic storms, according to a newly published study.
According to the study, phenomena known as Alfven waves propel electrons toward Earth and cause the particles to produce the brilliant display of northern lights seen in the higher latitudes of our planet,
“Measurements revealed this small population of electrons undergoes ‘resonant acceleration’ by the Alfven wave’s electric field, similar to a surfer catching a wave and being continually accelerated as the surfer moves along with the wave,” Prof. Greg Howes, a co-author of the study, told CNN.
Scientists have long understood that the aurora was the likely result of electrons surfing across the electric field, at least since the theory was introduced in 1946 by Soviet scientist Lev Landau.
However, the University of Iowa professors were able to finally put the theory to the test through a simulation at a lab at the Large Plasma Device (LPD) in the Basic Plasma Science Facility of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Using a 20-meter-long chamber to simulate the magnetic field of the Earth through state-of-the-art magnetic field coils, scientists were able to generate plasma similar to that which exists in spac.
“Using a specially designed antenna, we launched Alfven waves down the machine, much like shaking a garden hose up and down quickly, and watching the wave travel along the hose,” said Howes.
While this didn’t result in the type of auroras we might see in the sky, “our measurements in the laboratory clearly agreed with predictions from computer simulations and mathematical calculations, proving that electrons surfing on Alfven waves can accelerate the electrons (up to speeds of 45 million mph) that cause the aurora,” Howes noted.
Scientists across the country were elated by the results of the experiment.
“I was tremendously excited! It is a very rare thing to see a laboratory experiment that validates a theory or model concerning the space environment,” said Patrick Koehn, a scientist in the Heliophysics Division of NASA.
“Space is simply too big to easily simulate in the lab,” he added.
Researchers are hopeful that a greater understanding will allow forecasters to better understand weather conditions in space.
Tiny Creature Frozen for 24,000 Years is Brought Back to Life
A microscopic creature has come back to life and reproduced asexually after 24,000 years of lying dormant in the permafrost of Siberia.
Russian scientists found the tiny freshwater creature, called the bdelloid rotifer, in the rich soil of the Alazeya river of Russia’s far northern Siberan region of Yakutia.
The multicellular organism is common throughout the world and is known to be extremely resilient, capable of surviving extreme cold, dryness, starvation and low oxygen.
While previous research found that it could survive a decade when frozen at -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit), the new study published by the journal Current Biology offers a stunning testimony of the survivability of the tiny animal – which is by far the longest survival period known of any creature in the world.
“Our report is the hardest proof as of today that multicellular animals could withstand tens of thousands of years in cryptobiosis, the state of almost completely arrested metabolism,” said Stas Malavin, an author of the study, in a statement.
Malavin’s Soil Cryology Lab in Pushchino, Russia, used a drilling rig to extract the miniscule organism from roughly a dozen feet below the remote Arctic location.
Once the ancient organism thawed, it reproduced on its own through a process of parthenogenesis. Researchers then found that it could withstand repeatedly being frozen and thawed dozens of times due to its innate processes of cell and organ protection.
“The takeaway is that a multicellular organism can be frozen and stored as such for thousands of years and then return back to life – a dream of many fiction writers,” Malavin said.
“Of course, the more complex the organism, the trickier it is to preserve it alive frozen and, for mammals, it’s not currently possible,” the scientist added. “Yet, moving from a single-celled organism to an organism with a gut and brain, though microscopic, is a big step forward.”
Researchers hope that the knowledge gleaned from studying the microscopic organism will bring further insights on how to preserve animals’ cells, tissues and organs – including those belonging to human beings.
China’s “Artificial Sun” Sets World Record Running At 120 MILLION Degrees For 101 Seconds
Chinese researchers have achieved a new world record after scientists developing an “artificial sun” ran the device on Friday at a record-shattering temperature of 120 million degrees Celsius for over 100 seconds.
The experiment was held at the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ASIPP) in Hefei, China.
The exercise is a part of the China’s efforts to develop new clean energy sources through the development of next-generation nuclear fusion reactor technology.
Known as the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), the “Chinese artificial sun” managed to generate plasma temperatures of 120 million degrees Celsius for 101 seconds before scientists also realized a temperature of 160 million degrees Celsius for an additional 20 seconds.
The goal of EAST is to create Sun-like energy using deuterium, a hydrogen isotope that is plentiful in the ocean and can provide a steady flow of clean energy. According to estimates, one liter of seawater contains enough deuterium to produce energy equivalent to 300 liters of gasoline.
China hopes that it can replace fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas with the fusion energy in order to achieve carbon neutrality and a more ecological society.
“It’s a huge achievement in China’s physics and engineering fields. The experiment’s success lays the foundation for China to build its own nuclear fusion energy station,” ASIPP director Song Yuntao said, according to People’s Daily.
The EAST artificial sun is also part of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, a joint effort by global scientists that includes the input of scientists from China, the European Union, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States.
Experts hope that if development proceeds at the current rate, successful nuclear fusion could be achieved within three decades.
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